Leviticus 19:4, Idol Worship

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Idols are anything you put before God. Do not raise up a temple of false stuff. There is only one God.

“Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.”
Leviticus 19:4

Idols, according to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary are ideas or fancies, images that represent a false god. Paul referred to them as ‘vain things’.

Christians like most people get caught up in “things”. Our goal is to strive for things such as careers, lavish homes, furniture, and clothes. We want to be seen wearing the most fashionable clothes, attending the popular gatherings, and hanging around the ‘right’ people. These things only become the vain things when they are put before God. Vain things become more important than God and thus rival for His attention. When we begin to cling to those things that become our primary focus, we no longer focus on God’s love for us. Jonah 2:8 says,

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.” Worthless idols also include acts of the flesh,

 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21

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Social media is a vain thing. We have become obsessed with social media, we spend hours on social media. It supplants otherworldly things. It’s been reported that it can consume most of our waking hours and interferes with our other vain idols. Society has reached a point where it is easy to become addicted to social media and the fleshly things it advertises.

Advertising is pervasive and is in our face, so to speak. We cannot avoid seeing or hearing about the things of the flesh on television, the Internet, and all forms of the airways. Our desire to acquire them take on their own form. We will do anything to acquire them. We will sell our souls for the things of the flesh, the things that make us stand out above all others. We become driven and before we know it we displace our reverence and respect for God for these fleshly things.

“They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk!” 
Revelations 9:20

We have no time to pray, no desire to go to church, no interest in learning the Word of God or establishing a relationship with Him, there is simply no time. God becomes our fire insurance, the only time we spend with Him is when a crisis occurs, most often a crisis created by striving for vain things.

If and when we reach this point, we need to pray to God for repentance, ask Him to give us strength in placing Him first in our lives and relegate the things of this world to their place. It is not wrong to want things or to strive for success. It is a sin when it becomes a hindrance to our prayer lives and becomes more important than our God.

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Scripture – Biblegateway.com; BibleStudytools.com

Resource – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, page 316

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Proverbs 27:19, Your Heart Exposes You

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The heart holds your feelings for others and self. A cold heart is removed from relationships with others. Your intentions are exposed through a callous heart. Similarly, if you are living according to the characteristics of Christ, your heart will illuminate its glow.

There is more to this Scripture, while we can glean our own intents, this verse speaks to our ability to discern another’s countenance, the hearts of those similar to our own.

“Who we are will eventually be evident to others as our words and actions reveal our heart.”

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Images – YouVersion. Bible.com, Camera

Scripture – Biblegateway.com

Quote – Enduringword.com, Proverbs 27 – Planning for the Future, Receiving Honor, 08/17/2018

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Disrupt Your Nature

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Disruption can be a political term, as in the case of many governments today, but this term can apply to our conversion of thought as well. Prior to accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were lost. Our sin nature was its strongest, however, when we accepted Christ, we were saved and in essence born again. Our past was disrupted by our conversion.
Praise God that we have been freed from the shackles of sin. We will live in sin as long as we are on this earth, it’s our sin nature, but as Christians, we can be redeemed if we repent, ask for forgiveness, and continue to grow in the Word. Our God is a God of many chances, in fact, Christ said we should forgive as many as seventy times seven times.  This means we are to forgive as often as is necessary. We must forgive as God forgave us, wiping the slate clean.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22, ESV
As we grow as Christians applying the Word to our daily lives, we will feel the shackles loosen and then fall away. The process of disruption, in this case, is freeing.
It is time that we disrupt and shed our practices, habits, and secular lifestyles to become more like Christ. When we do, we will be moved to protect our neighbors, love all people friend, and foe, and create a universal environment of love, tolerance, and acceptance.
This is a new day and a new beginning. Carpe Diem, seize the day.
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Isaiah 12:2. No Fear

I will trust, and not be afraid – Since God is its author; since he is able to defend me, and to perfect that which he has begun, I will confide in him, and not be afraid of the power or machinations of any enemy. In his hands I am safe. God is the foundation of our confidence; and trusting in him, his people shall never be moved.

Text: From Barnes Notes, studylight.org

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Proverbs 18:24, True Friends

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There are friends, and then there are FRIENDS. The distinction is, one will be your friend during the good times and the other stands with you through thick and thin. The latter becomes a brother/sister when they stand with you through the difficult times. The bond is molded by love.

Only Jesus is closer than a brother. You can rest in knowing he is always by your side.

Psalm 4:8, Peaceful Sleep

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We are living in perilous times.  The world is in flux, creating anxiety all around us. I find comfort knowing that as Christians, we reside in calmness and serenity in the midst of trouble. We can lay down in peace and tranquility as we sleep because we are in the care and protection of God. We can trust in the Lord that he will keep us through the night.

Do you remember the children’s bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep; keep me safe through the night and wake me with the morning light?

This prayer trained us how to overcome anxiety and sleepless nights as children when the boogyman was our worst fear. As adults, we often forget that we have been in training all of our lives and often overlook this simple prayer restated in Psalms 4:8.

We can choose to rest in peace through the night, or toss and turn with nervous anxiety. It is our choice. Why? Because God protects us through the night, but also bestowed free-will upon us allowing us to choose to abide in Him and rest in peace or toss and turn through the night.

The choice is ours.